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Film Review: Blackbird

Director:    Roger Michell Cast:    Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Rainn Wilson, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Anson Boon, Lindsay Duncan Rating:    M Running Time:    97 Australian Distributor:    Icon Films   Blackbird is not the heart-warming tale of a family pushing aside petty grievances to gather together and share the final, quiet moments of a loved one’s life. It’s also not the compelling story of the dignity of choosing when to say goodbye on one’s own terms. It attempts to be both but ultimately fails becauseRead More


Film Review: Let Him Go

Director:    Thomas Bezucha Cast:    Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Kayli Carter, Lesley Manville, Booboo Stewart, Jeffrey Donovan, Will Britain, Bradley Stryker, Ryan Bruce Rating:    M Running Time:    114 Australian Distributor:     Universal Pictures Home Entertainment   Writer-director Thomas Bezucha‘s Let Him Go is one of the best thrillers of the past year. Bezucha’s film is an adaptation of Larry Watson’s novel and it stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as George and Margaret Blackledge, a couple who will stop at nothing to get their grandson back from a clanRead More


DVD Release: Greenland

                                              Director:    Ric Roman Waugh Cast:  Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, David Denman, Hope Davis, Scott Glenn, Holt McCallany, Roger Dale Floyd, Andrew Bachelor, Merrin Dungey, Gary Weeks Rating:    M Running Time:    119 Australian Distributor:    Amazon Prime   Another movie has bypassed the cinema and gone straight to a digital release. This time it’s ‘Greenland‘, the latest collaboration between Gerard Butler and his ‘Angel HasRead More


Film Review: Bliss

Director:    Mike Cahill Cast:    Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., Ronny Chieng, Steve Zissis, Josh Leonard, Madeline Zima, Bill Nye Rating:    MA Running Time:    103 Australian Distributor:    Amazon Prime   Bliss stars big names Selma Hayek and Owen Wilson. The film is a sci-fi drama with romantic implications that follows Greg (Wilson) recovering from a recent divorce and dealing with a mental health crisis, as he, fuelled by drugs and encouraged by his manic new friend, awakens his mind to the possibilityRead More


Film Review: Summerland

Director:    Jessica Swale Cast:    Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Lucas Bond, Dixie Egerickx, Amanda Root Rating:    PG Running Time:    99 Australian Distributor:    Icon Films   “Summerland” begins like it’s going to be one thing, and then becomes something different. When it does that, my entire outlook on the film shifted. What started out as something of a familiar “odd couple” premise turns into an emotional story of what it means to become a parent, and how to see yourself as responsible forRead More


Film Review: How To Be A Good Wife

Director:    Martin Provost Cast:    Juliette Binoche, Noémie Lvovsky, Yolande Moreau, Edouard Baer, François Berléand, Marie Zabukovec Rating:    M Running Time:    108 Australian Distributor:    Palace Films   Set in 1967 at a home economics school in the medieval town of Boersch in the Alsace-Moselle region of France, Madame Paulette Van der Beck (Binoche) has to take over the administration of the school after her husband Robert (Berléand) unexpectedly departs the scene. She and her sister-in-law Gilberte (Moreau), with the aid of the eccentric nun Marie-Thérèse (Lvovsky),Read More


Film Review: I’m Your Woman

Director:     Julia Hart Cast:    Rachel Brosnahan, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Arinzé Kene, Frankie Faison, Marcelline Hugot, De’Mauri Parks, James McMenamin, Bill Heck, Jarrod DiGiorgi Rating:     MA Running Time:     120 Australian Distributor:    Amazon Prime   I’m Your Woman, directed by Julia Hart and starring Rachel Brosnahan, owes its influence to the 1970s classic crime dramas. Here’s the thing about the classic crime dramas: they were told from a man’s point of view.  What Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz do with their script is change up the genre. Read More


Film Review: Fatman

Director:   Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms Cast:  Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Chance Hurstfield, Shaun Benson, Deborah Grover, Michelle Lang, Bill Turnbull, Bill Lake, Sean Tucker Rating:     MA Running Time:     100 Australian Distributor:    Icon Distribution   “Fatman” is weird – and not in the good way. This very strange, very dark, and very violent holiday fantasy is like nothing I’ve seen before or that I’d want to see again.  Times are tough and only getting tougher for Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson). Facing declining business for his teamRead More


Film Review: The Empty Man

Director:     David Prior Cast:    James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney, Sasha Frolova. Rating:     MA Running Time:     137 Australian Distributor:    20th Century Studios   In its simplest form, The Empty Man is a cobbled together patchwork of other movies; an echo of past joys and woes from the big screen merged together to form one underwhelming film. To be fair though, the first act in this film is really quite good. We open to four hikers exploring the remoteRead More


Film Review: Guilt

Director:     Karl Jenner, Lyndsay Sarah Cast:     Janet Shay, Hayley Flowers, Sandra Stockley, David Woodland, Raelee Hill Rating:     M Running Time:     102 Australian Distributor:     GVN Releasing   A vigilante who targets child abusers begins to doubt her latest target’s guilt, after a mistake from her past is revealed in the thrilling GUILT, On Demand from GVN Releasing. Janet Shay, Hayley Flowers, David Woodland, and Raelee Hill star in a Karl Jenner and Lyndsay Sarah film. Jessie Fuller was a child psychologist. After becoming overwhelmed with the amount ofRead More